From the Herald (who has taken a break from lambasting pregnant women for wearing toxic make up ( because apparently women wearing toxic chemicals is fine if they aren't knocked up) and the list of food pregnant women will be bitched out about enjoying now includes coffee)
First up I hate the term pro-abortion. Pro-choice is very different from being pro-abortion. So let me spell out the pro-choice position. Just because we think it should be an option doesn’t mean we advocate that anyone should go along that path because actually we would prefer that there were no unplanned pregnancies through better use of contraception. We merely believed that abortion should be there as an option for those who want it.
Hence why Pro-choicers find China’s state enforced-abortions just as abhorrent as the situation in El Salvador where women are subjected to enforced vaginal examinations and incarceration if an underground abortion is suspected and where the well-off still exercise their choice via a plane ticket to the States or a discreet doctor. For pro-choicers it is an issue of body autonomy as well as choice. We believe that the person best placed to make the decision as whether or not to have a child or adopt it or abort it is the woman who will carry the baby with (ideally but not always practical) her partner in consultation with health professionals.
While abortion may have mental health consequences, none of the choices regarding an unplanned pregnancy are entirely physically and mentally risk free nor are they always pleasant. That's the thing about freedom, sometimes you are going to make decisions that have bad consequences. Like women who might delay having kids until it is 'too late' or teens who become mums 'too early,' these are decisions that have huge impacts on their physical and mental well-being but that this is their decision to make. Thus I'm not going to dictate which decision is right for a woman who just got an unexpected positive pregnancy test. If they want a child, that's great babies and kiddies are awesome. If they are keen on doing a Juno, that's awesome too. If they want an abortion, then I say right on for making the decision that's right for them.
This study is being used as further fuel to actually enforce or regress New Zealand's abortion laws. Like many pro-life activists, I actually agree that the current legislation is a farce. Where we differ is that I believe that abortion in New Zealand should be fully decriminalized. Perhaps something along the lines of what was recently passed in Victoria. Where it is on demand until 12 weeks and then requires two doctors to sign off after 20.
The problem with abortion is that it isn’t an issue where we can say "let’s agree to disagree." It fucks around with real people’s lives; their futures, their sense of security and happiness on the basis of a question (when does life begin) that hasn’t been answered fully by science nor for that matter philosophy. For some people life with full rights begins at conception, others around the start of the second trimester others around the time that the fetus can live without the assistance of the mother. I respect that some segments of society have very different views on abortion from my own and would never undergo one due to their beliefs.
The problem I have with their position is when they enforce their beliefs about when life starts upon me and labeling my decisions as being evil or murderous it's enough to make me very depressed.